Governor: Water rights request for refuge could ‘devastate’ region


Gov. Laura Kelly is asking the federal government to back off its request to immediately exercise its senior water rights for the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, saying it could lead to an abrupt change in farming practices that would "devastate" the region economically.

The governor last Friday sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking the agency to work collaboratively to find a solution to provide water flow for the refuge while finding a path forward that doesn't cause "acute" economic harm to the area.

"Failure to reach a collaborative and gradual solution will create . . .


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